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The June Member Drive is here! Spiritual Directors International is celebrating twenty-five years and looks forward to twenty-five more with the help of members like you.

Simply send the names and e-mail addresses of anyone you think would be interested, and SDI will do the rest! E-mail before 30 June, and together
we will flourish.

Share your Wisdom

You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 30 June, we want to know:

What words or concepts in spiritual direction cause the most confusion with seekers you companion or might companion? Share a brief story now.

Presence journal

Have you received the latest issue of Presence? What was your favorite article? What insight did it give you? Send your thoughts as a letter to the editor to Nick Wagner,




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others. Questions and information about presenters might spark ideas for you to share the resources.

  1. Rituals are explored in this month’s SDI Learns from … video. Carli Romero and Deidra Schaub, vibrant young women from New Mexico, discuss deepening into ancient rituals independently and in their spiritual communities. If the questions below captivate your imagination, this video is definitely for you!
    1. How do you relate to traditional and ancient rituals?
    2. Can you have a spiritual practice without having a community?
    3. Do rituals intrigue you, or do they seem foreign?
  2. Australian SDI member, Mary McInerney answered the question: What does a spiritual director do?

    Our series of short, seeker-friendly videos makes it easy to share with everyone the value of spiritual direction. SDI posts a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, follow SDI on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

June Webinar: Are you a man coping with loss? Do you spiritually companion men and want to learn how best to accompany them as they grieve? What guidance would help you move inward to express feelings? Come explore with Dan Duggan why the process of grief may be especially important for men.




We are listening. During this anniversary year, SDI is hosting Listening for Wisdom receptions. Coordinating Council members are listening to local spiritual companions to help SDI discern how best to steward spiritual direction for future generations of spiritual seekers. Beginning in January 2015, receptions have been held in Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA; Louisville, Kentucky, USA including past Coordinating Council members; and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

In the coming months there will be opportunities to share and grow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Follow the links to learn more!


San Diego here we come! Plan now to participate in the 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events in San Diego, California, USA. The conference will engage the wisdom of borders:7–10 April 2016, with pre- and post-conference learning opportunities. Book your room today at the beautiful Town and Country Resort Hotel. Ask for the SDI reduced rate. It is never too early to plan, book now!

Please pray … In gratitude for more than one hundred workshop presenters who submitted proposals for the 2016 conference. Please pray for the workshop discernment planning team as they review the proposals to put together a fantastic learning experience for 2016.


Is the Island of Iona calling you? In 2016, SDI is heading back to Scotland on a multi-faith pilgrimage! Celebrate St. Columba feast day with your fellow pilgrims and discover the unique wisdom offered in the thin-space of Iona. Check out a sneak-peak video and sign up for more information on the SDI website. Take the first step and begin your pilgrimage today




Take SDI with you on holiday! SDI has hours of rich programming available for purchase through the SDI store. Learn about sacred laughter in the Sufi tradition with Jamal Rahman, compassion in health care with Dr. Robin Youngson, MD, or enjoy a contemplative concert from Harry Pickens. These portable contemplative experiences put education at your fingertips. Enjoy unlimited access to learn on your schedule. Order today!


Opportunity to Give

Fiscal year-end donation request. Make a tax-deductible general donation today and provide scholarships to people who want to become members but cannot afford it. The fiscal year-end for Spiritual Directors International is 30 June. Your donations help SDI create programs and publications that enliven spiritual direction and connect seekers with spiritual guidance around the world and across traditions. Click to easily donate online and ensure twenty-five more years of Spiritual Directors International.

SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 15 June and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 16 June and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

Name two SDI imprint books. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our May winner was Michelle L’Allier who received a silver SDI twenty-fifth anniversary tote bag. Congratulations, Michelle!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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